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The first Rutgers Touchdown Club meeting will be Thursday night
September 5th at 7pm at the Hale Center. Doors open at 6pm. The Event is open to all Touchdown Club members. If you are not a member you can join that night. Looking forward to a great first meeting and a successful 2002 season.

Football

Markis Facyson said he “just wanted to come in and play ball” and let the chips fall where they may at Rutgers preseason football camp.
So far they’ve fallen his way, and the 5-foot-10, 195-pound tailback from Dillard High School has been playing so reliably that he finds himself in the mix for the starting role against Villanova next Saturday.
Rutgers’ Facyson will get playing time at tailback

The Rutgers' linebacking corps has been in flux for much of the past two years. Projected starter Brad Cunningham left after last season to play at Disivion I-AA St. Peter's, strongside linebacker Brian Bender has gone down with season-ending injuries each of the past two years, and weakside backer Brian Hohmann is entering his first full-year as a starter.
Then, this off-season, coach Greg Schiano brought in two nationally-recruited linebackers in William Beckford and Berkeley Hutchinson, and both are likely to be ineligible to play this season due to academics.
Brackett provides Rutgers with heart, leadership

The groupings at Rutgers fall camp have seemingly grown in number. In addition to offense, defense and special teams, there is now a group simply for the injured.
The wounded gathered yesterday with strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler, pulling sleds, stretching and doing hand-eye coordination drills.
The list currently boasts seven potential starters -- safety Nate Colon (hamstring), wide receivers Aaron Martin (hamstring) and Tres Moses (hamstring), defensive tackle Greg Pyszczymuka (shoulder), tight end L.J. Smith (hamstring) and offensive tackle Mike Williamson (post-concussion syndrome).
Knights' injured list continues to grow

Jarvis Johnson had a little trouble figuring out how old he is Monday morning. He first said 18, but after being questioned a few times, he reconsidered and said 19. Yeah, Johnson said, I just turned 19. Except that his birthday is in November, so he couldn't have just turned anything.
"Man, I've been 19 for a long time," Johnson said, flashing his golden smile.
Forgive Johnson if he sounds just a tad befuddled. The Rutgers sophomore has been so focused on football, he hasn't had much time to count the passing days. And, truthfully, it seems to have worked wonders.
Soph counts on starting

Thumbs up
Ryan Hart. The Florida native took the first few days to secure his spot atop the freshman quarterbacks. Now, especially with money days like Monday, he's threatening to push aside senior backup, Ted Trump - and maybe even starter Ryan Cubit - ahead of him. Hart threw two perfect lofts into the back of the end zone during a red zone drill and then a little later rifled a bomb to Josh Hobbs a play after getting stepped on by a clumsy lineman.
Rutgers football sidelines

Of all the players that Greg Schiano has recruited during his two years on the job, there's only one who didn't need a lot of convincing that turning around Rutgers' downtrodden program -- as daunting a challenge as there is in college football -- was really possible.
Offensive lineman Sameeh McDonald knew it could happen because he'd been part of something nearly identical in high school.
McDonald sees bright future

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6. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, (10-2). Returning starters: 15. The scoop: RBs Joe Sandberg (1,605 yards, 27 TDs) and Erik Dezelan lead running game. QB Brian Saverino (1,620 passing yards, 18 TDs) throws to WRs Marco Santini and Jon Poppe and TEs Jamaal Jones and Sam Johnson. Two-way tackles Mark Ciarvirella (6-4, 270) and Rick Bencivenni (6-4, 265) are three-year starters. Opens: Sept. 14 vs. Passaic.
USA TODAY's Preseason Top 25 High School Football Poll

Around the Nation

Wisconsin gets the earliest start in school history, and when the No. 25 Badgers hit Camp Randall Stadium for what should be a steamy Aug. 23 opener against Fresno State, Lee Evans will be a spectator.
After setting a Big Ten Conference receiving record with 1,545 yards last season, Evans hurt his knee in spring football and is not expected back until Oct. 5 — not quite halfway through the 13-game schedule.
New season bringing QB switch for schools

Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris named Rod Rutherford the team's starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
"We've seen a totally different player all fall,'' Harris said Monday. "So that's exciting to us, but we haven't won a game yet, either. So we're not saying anything more than he gives us our best chance to win right now.''
In the past, Harris has waited longer to name a starter. This year, the competition wasn't as stiff.
Rutherford's solid work in camp earns him nod

Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com


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